£50 fine for leaving box at bottle bank
A BURRY Port woman has been fined for leaving a cardboard box behind when she went to recycle her bottles and cans.
Danielle Horton, of Heol Vaughan, was tracked down by council workers because her address was on the box she left behind.
She had used it to transfer bottles and cans from her home to the recycling centre.
"I feel a bit let down because I was doing my civic duty and I feel I was penalised," said Danielle.
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She told the Post she had put the bottles and cans into their respective receptacles.
"I wasn't sure what to do with the cardboard box because I had never been to that recycling centre before," she said.
"At the end of the last bin by the road there were loads of old cardboard boxes and I left mine.
"Then, two council officers came to my house the next day and asked me whether I had been to the bottle bank.
"So I said I went to recycle cans and bottles and they asked why I left my box there.
"I said I thought that was what everyone did. She said, 'No, you have been chased for littering'.
"So I have a £50 fine for leaving a recycling box of cardboard in a recycling centre.
"They said you have to pay a £50 fine.
"I said, 'I can't afford to pay a fine now'.
"She said, 'You have ten days to pay £50 or it will go up to £75'.
"She said they would be fining other people when they found them.
"I do think it's unfair.
Burry Port councillor John James branded the fine "disgusting".
"I'm looking to have a meeting with councillor Pat Jones and the director on this," he added.
A Carmarthenshire Council spokeswoman said eight people had been fined for leaving materials outside the containers at the recycling banks.
"Council environmental enforcement officers issued the fixed penalty notices for £75 as part of a targeted operation following a number of complaints from residents about the mess at the site in the Sea View Terrace car park," she said.
"The council says this is in effect fly-tipping and hopes these fines will act as a warning to others.
"There are clear signs at all of the recycling sites in Carmarthenshire that fly-tippers will be prosecuted."
She added: "Residents are being urged to put their waste into the recycling banks and not leave it on the ground as this only attracts further fly-tipping."